Firsts

The first MONSTER TRUCK to use, perform and/or accomplish the following:

BIGFOOT #1
1975 – First monster truck ever – St. Louis, MO
1977 – Appearance at SEMA – Las Vegas, NV
1978 – Use of 48-inch tires – St. Louis, MO
1978 – Appearance at Gravelrama – Cleves, OH
1979 – Paid appearance – Denver, CO
1979 – Sled pull
1979 – Rear steering – St. Louis, MO
1981 – Movie appearance – “Take This Job & Shove It”
1981 – Car crush – St. Louis, MO
1982 – To float on water – Lesterville, MO
1982 – Car crush at a live event – Jefferson City, MO
1983 – TV commercial for a monster truck toy – Playskool
1983 – Major corporate sponsorship – Ford Motor Company
1983 – TV commercial for major automaker – Ford Trucks
1986 – Successful climb of “Big Eliminator” hill at Gravelrama – Cleves, OH

BIGFOOT #2
1982 – Use of 66-inch tires (standard on all monster trucks now)
1983 –  Network TV appearance – ABC’s “That’s Incredible”
1983 –  Televised monster truck race – ABC’s “That’s Incredible” vs. USA-1
1984 – Appearance in Hawaii
1985 – River race against a paddle-boat – Chattahoochee River, Columbus, GA
1985 – Use of 10-foot tall Firestone tires – St. Louis, MO
1986 – Appearance in Puerto Rico
1989 – American monster truck in Australia

BIGFOOT #3
1983 – Built in 66 days – St. Louis, MO
1984 – Display at International Toy Fair – New York, NY
1990 – Appearance in Japan
1992 – Appearance in Venezuela
1992 – Dedicated monster truck ride vehicle – “Safarifoot”

BIGFOOT #4
1991 – 3D or character body – “Snake Bite®” – St. Louis, MO
1991 – Hybrid suspension – extended travel shocks and leaf springs

BIGFOOT #5
1986 – Dedicated 10-foot-tire chassis
2002 – Guinness Book of Records – World’s Biggest Pickup Truck

BIGFOOT #6
1992-93 – American monster truck to perform in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Denmark, Thailand, and Iceland
1987 – Long-Jump (13 cars) – Indianapolis, IN

BIGFOOT #7
1988 – Built specifically for a movie – “Road House”
1993 – Appearance in New Zealand

BIGFOOT #8
1989 – Tubular chassis created with Computer Aided Design (CAD) – Bob Chandler
1989 – Patented technology developed specifically for monster trucks – Cantilever suspension system – Held by Bob Chandler
2000 – In-Cab Experience – Fan ride-along program – Lima, OH
2002 – Monster Truck Driving School

BIGFOOT #9
1994 – Appearance in Malaysia
1998 – Appearance in Brazil

BIGFOOT #10
1992 – BIGFOOT truck with a mid-engine configuration
1992 – 30 inches of suspension travel
2010 – Chevrolet BIGFOOT – MLB All-Star Game BIGFOOT

BIGFOOT #11
1993-94 – Monster truck to win back-to-back racing titles
1999 – Longest wheelie – 217’ 3”

BIGFOOT #12
1993 – Dedicated display monster truck

BIGFOOT #14
1996 – Winner of 8 consecutive points races – Dan Runte
1999 – Guinness Book of Records – Monster Truck Long Jump – 202’ over a 727 jetliner – Dan Runte – Smyrna, TN
1999 – Guinness Book of Records – Recorded Monster Truck Land Speed – 69.3 MPH – Dan Runte – Smyrna, TN
1999  – Long jump over tractor-trailer lengthwise, rig & 7 cars – Dan Runte – Las Vegas, NV
1999 – Guinness Book of Records – Monster truck jump height – 24 ft. – Dan Runte – Las Vegas, NV

BIGFOOT #16
2010 – Fastest Speed in 1/8 Mile – 86.56 MPH – Norwalk, OH

BIGFOOT #18
2011 – Use of “Stadium-Truck” body
2012 – Guinness Book of Records – Monster Truck Long Jump – 214’8” – Dan Runte – Indianapolis, IN

BIGFOOT #19
2012 – Full-Time Chevrolet Powered & Bodied BIGFOOT

BIGFOOT #20
2012 – Battery-Powered/Electric Monster Truck – Powered by 30 Batteries
2012 – Battery-Powered Monster Truck Car Crush – St. Louis, MO
2013 – Paid Battery-Powered Performance – Kansas City, MO